Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro’s position at the club has been thrown into serious doubt after her role was downgraded.
Carneiro was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho following the 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Saturday.
And it is understood her duties at Stamford Bridge have changed significantly owing to a backroom shake-up.
Her job title as first-team doctor will remain unchanged, but it is understood that Carneiro will not attend training sessions, games or enter the team hotel.
While she was on the bench for the clash against Swansea; Carneiro is not expected to be on the bench for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.
Carneiro will continue to work with the senior squad at the club’s Cobham HQ, however, despite her demotion with regards to match-related issues.
The news calls into question Carniero’s long-term future with the Barclays Premier League champions.
Having been the figurehead of the club’s medical operations, Carneiro may now consider walking away from west London.
The reduction of Carneiro’s responsibilities will be viewed as a direct result of the public row between the medic and Mourinho over the past few days.
Mourinho claimed Carniero did not ‘understand the game’ after took to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the closing stages of of Saturday’s draw.
And Carneiro may have antagonised her manager after taking to Facebook to post: ‘I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support.
‘Really very much appreciated.’
During the opening day clash, Carneiro immediately dashed on to the pitch to treat Hazard but Mourinho insisted the medic made the wrong decision.
Rules state that an outfield player must be ushered back on to the field of play from the sidelines by the referee after receiving treatment in order to minimise timewasting.
Mourinho was left frustrated by his medical team’s decision as his side were already reduced to 10 men following Thibaut Courtois’ 52nd-minute dismissal.
The Portuguese tactician, speaking to Sky Sports following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City, said of his medical team: ‘I was not happy with my medical staff. Even if you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game.
‘You have to know you have one player less and when you go to the pitch to assist a player you have to make sure your player has a serious injury.
‘I was sure he hadn’t a serious problem. He had a knock, he was very tired. But my medical department – on an impulse – was naive and left me with eight outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece.’
Mourinho lavished praise on his players for claiming a point – despite being reduced to 10 men with 38 minutes left on the clock – and refused to comment on Courtois’ red card.
He added: ‘I do not want to speak about red cards.
‘It is just because the first time I can control myself. I want to react this way so you don’t say he was [complaining] from day one. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth.
‘I never played for a draw. Never. So if we lose, we lose. But at home a draw is only good in special circumstances, like last year, for example, when we were almost champions so a draw against Manchester United was a good result.
‘Apart from that, we play at home to win and we tried that, so it is normal. The players know that. They know one point is one point.
‘Playing with 10 men for such a long time is much more difficult and fundamentally I am happy with the quality they had in the first half and I am happy with their spirit in the second half, so we are in peace. We are not happy with the result.’
Raheem Sterling dropped by England after trying to grab Joe Gomez by the neck
Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling has been dropped from England’s European Championship qualifier against Montenegro after a physical confrontation with Liverpool’s defender Joe Gomez.
According to several reports, Sterling attempted to grab Gomez by the neck following his arrival in the players’ canteen at St George’s Park on Monday, just a day after the pair clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City.
Witnesses said they heard him ask the Liverpool defender whether he was “still the big man.”
For Sterling’s part in the bust-up, FA confirmed in a statement that Sterling is not going to play any part against Montenegro on Thursday. Although, the 24-year-old will remain with the squad.
‘The FA can confirm Raheem Sterling will not be considered for Thursday’s EURO 2020 qualifier against Montenegro as a result of a disturbance in a private team area at St. George’s Park today,’ a statement read. ‘He will remain with the squad.’
Sterling is understood to have apologised to Gomez and the entire England squad after the altercation.
He also took address the bust-up with Joe Gomez: ‘We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me,’ he posted. ‘Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on.’
We Have Always Maintained Our Innocence, Says NFF President, Pinnick
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has said that his team had always maintained their innocence at the organisation.
Pinnick made the disclosure on Monday while appearing as guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
The NFF President said his team had also always laid its books bare for everyone to see.
His statement comes few days after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted him of charges bordering on fraud to the tune of $8.4m and N4bn.
Pinnick and other executives of the NFF were charged on 16 counts of corruption and misappropriation of the said sums from the 2014 FIFA Grant, as well as for conflict of interest and non-declaration of assets by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel headed by Okon Obono-Obla.
On the recent court victory, Pinnick said, “This is not a personal victory for me and my other board members. It is victory for all of Nigerian football.”
He further stated that he and his team had always published their accounts using some of the best auditing firms in the world.
Pinnick said he was happy that the toxic moments are over, stating that it is now time “to pull and work together, not pull apart”.
African players don’t get the recognition they deserve at the top level – Cameroonian football legend, Samuel Eto’o
Cameroonian football legend, Samuel Eto’o has said that African players still do not get the recognition they deserve at the top level.
In an interview with AFP, the former Inter Milan and Barcelona striker said: “Western media dominate our media in Africa, so they definitely have an influence. People prefer to see a Lionel Messi goal,” Eto’o, 38, told AFP during a visit to Paris last month.
The former Barcelona star, once a teammate of Messi, believes that “African players are not respected” and are “not always properly appreciated”.
While George Weah, the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker who is now the president of Liberia, remains the only African player ever to have claimed the Ballon d’Or award in 1995, Eto has no regrets he never won the prize.
“No, because I won so many trophies, I made so many dreams and for me that is the equivalent of winning the Ballon d’Or. However, I do feel for my younger brothers who came along after my generation.”
Eto’o also attacked captains and coaches of 54 African national teams who shunned Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah in FIFA’s The Best award to vote for other candidates in September.
“Why is there this hate between us Africans? Why the misplaced jealousy? If we don’t appreciate one another, others are not going to do it for us,” Eto’o said.
“It’s a shame. If all Africans voted for other Africans, we would have had several awards for the best player.”
“Africa needs to show how strong it is. We are lucky to have these good players, who scored more than ten goals in the Champions League – we had the top three scorers in the English league (Mane, Salah, Aubameyang) but somehow these young guys don’t have our support,” Eto’o added.
“I want to accompany them as much as I can, defend them, protect them, because one day it will be their turn to pass on the torch.
“That is what we Africans have not always understood, at all levels, and that is why we are still trailing behind.”
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